Davis to Compete for World Championships' Gold Tomorrow

By Brian Taylor, USA Boxing | Sept. 20, 2019, 11:40 a.m. (ET)
Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) will be the first American lightweight boxer to stand on the medal podium at the AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships since Larry Nicholson won silver 26 years ago. Team USA has never had an AIBA Elite Men’s World Champion in the lightweight division. Davis becomes just the fourth lightweight medalists for USA Boxing, joining Nicholson, Tonga McClain, as well as another fellow Norfolk, Va. native, the late Pernell Whitaker.

Davis defeated Hovhannes Bachkov, 4-1, in today’s semifinal bout in Ekaterinburg, Russia to advance to the finals, where he will face a familiar foe, Andy Cruz of Cuba. 

This will mark the third meeting in an international final between the two in 2019. The duo met in the finals of the Pan American Games Qualifier in April and the Pan American Games in July. 

The two-time USA Boxing Elite National Champion and 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist has put on a dominating performance in his World Championships debut to reach the gold medal bout. 

He defeated his first opponent, Elnur Abduraimov, of Uzbekistan by way of unanimous decision following a knockdown in the first round. His second opponent, Trinidad and Tobago’s Michael Matthew Alexander, fell after Davis took all five judges’ cards. Davis ended USA Boxing’s lightweight medal drought following his 5-0 victory over 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sofiane Oumiha of France.

Watch Davis look to make history tomorrow by clicking here. 

Results
63 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, dec. over Hovhannes Bachkov/ARM, 4-1